• EVENTS: The speakers for the 20th birthday seminar series include:
    Susan Marqusee
    (UC Berkeley), MCB CBI Seminar on April 14th, 2015
    John Kozarich (ActivX Biosciences), Chemistry CBI Seminar on May 5th, 2015
    David Mooney (Harvard), PSE CBI Seminar on September 11th, 2015
    Darrell Irvine (MIT), ChemEng CBI Seminar on December 15, 2015
    More details are listed on the CBI Special Seminar page.

  • The Chalk Talk and CBI Related Seminar schedules have been posted.

  • The CBI grant was renewed for year 20--with an increase in funding! NIH has increased support of the program from 7 to 8 trainee slots for 2015!
  • Congratulations to the new trainees: Elizabeth Brooks, Derrick Deming, Yingying Geng, Hui-Hsein Lin, Molly Shave and Rilee Zeinert; and to the renewing trainees: Coralie Backlund, Joseph Hardie, Kris Kolewe, Derek MacPherson, Mac Serrano and Joe Tilitsky!

2015 - 2016 conferences/workshops of interest:


Murugappan Muthukumar is co-author of the cover story in the August 2015 issue of Physics Today on single-molecule sensing with nanopores.

A feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette recently focused on the work of Shelly Peyton. (August 2015)

Ken Carter and Greg Tew have received a NSF National Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to train grad students in the use of polymers and other soft materials in the life sciences. (August 2015)

The 2015 Ice Cream Social on Tuesday July 21 was spectacular! It was a beautiful day, and we had a record turn-out for the event!! Special thanks to Michael Mingroni, Kristen Sikora and Blaise Arden for organizing such a wonderful event! Check out the highlights!

Thanks to the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology at UMass Med for hosting another great CBI/BMB/BMP Joint Retreat in Worcester on June 9th! Congratulations to Joe Tilitsky (Gierasch Group) and Scott Eron (Hardy Group) for winning the poster prizes, and to Heidi Hu, Kevin Dagbay, Abhay Thakar, and Huairong Pan for being selected to speak at the event!
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S. "Thai" Thayumanavan and colleagues partner with Anika Therapeutics, Inc. in a research collaboration to focus on innovative therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. (June 2015)

Vince Rotello and colleagues received the University of Massachusetts President's Science and Technology Initiative Fund award for a project titled "Integrating Physical Sciences and Oncology," which represents a unique combination of the physical sciences at Amherst with molecular biology at Worcester to help develop new diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer. (June 2015)

The Schrödinger Workshop on computer-aided drug discovery (CADD) and related topics in biomolecular structure and recognition was held on June 1 - 2, 2015 in ISB 321. Registration filled up quickly, and participants enjoyed the workshop.

The annual Career Exploration Event held on July 23rd in the ISB featured a panel of accomplished professionals, including CBI Alumna Daniella González-Toro, discussing Non-Academic Careers in STEM.

Scott Eron hosted Dr. John Kozarich (ActivX Biosciences Inc.) as the Chemistry seminar speaker in the CBI Birthday Seminar Series. Dr. Kozarich gave a great talk about "Chemoproteomic Interrogation of ATP Binding Space: New Methods and Surprises." More information about the Fall student-invited seminars can be found on the CBI Special Seminar page. (May 2015)

Maria Santore and Surachate Kalasin were featured in an ACS Nano Pod Cast (Episode 94) for their work on "Engineering Nanoscale Surface Features to Sustain Microparticle Rolling in Flow" (May 2015)

Sue Roberts received the Faculty Appreciation Award from the UMass Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) for for “dedication and invaluable contributions to CMASS and the UMass community this year.” (May 2015)

Katrina Rieger has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, and has also received received an award from the Germanistic Society of America (GSA). (April 2015)

Professor Farkas’s organic chemistry class (CHEM 261) was challenged to raise over $150 for the Five-Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life — in return, one student would get to throw a ‘pie in her face’. The students managed to raise over $250, and Professor Farkas got the pie. (April 2015)

Joe Tilitsky hosted Dr. Susan Marqusee (UC Berkeley) as the MCB seminar speaker in the CBI 20th Birthday Seminar Series. Dr. Marqusee presented on "Sequence and Environmental Determinants of a Protein’s Energy Landscape." More information about the Fall student-invited seminars can be found on the CBI Special Seminar page. (April 2015)

Scott Garman has been selected to receive a CNS 2015 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Research.

Coralie Backlund has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Professor Thomas Lars Andresen at the Technical University of Denmark.

Shelly Peyton’s NSF CAREER project focuses on more effective, humane, and inexpensive chemotherapy drugs.

Kristopher Kolewe, YinYong Li and team won the UMass Innovation Challenge for the development of FogKicker, a biodegradable, easy to apply, low-cost, and long-lasting coating which prevents condensation.

Danny Schnell has been chosen as a Spotlight Scholar for his work leading a team of academic and industrial researchers to increase the yield of the plant Camelina sativa as as biofuel source. The research is supported by a $4.2 M Department of Energy PETRO grant.

Lila Gierasch was awarded an Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grant from the UMass President's Enhancement Funding and Schrödinger biotech firm to support a the project "Designing Modulators of Hsp70 Molecular Chaperones as Potential Therapeutics Against Cancer and Neurodegenerative Diseases".

An article on the "Design of Aromatic-Containing Cell-Penetrating Peptide Mimics with Structurally Modified π Electronics" by Brittany M. deRonde, Alexander Birke, and Greg Tew is featured in the February 9th issue of Chemistry - A European Journal.

Congratulations to Kamal Joshi, who won a prize for his poster on "An Adaptor Hub Regulates Degradation of Critical Bacterial Cell-Cycle Regulators" at the MCB Retreat on February 28th.

Maria Santore was selected to give the Penn Engineering Grace Hopper Lecture on April 29, 2015.

Barbara Osborne (PI) and Jeanne Hardy (Co-PI) were awarded a NIH grant to begin a new Biotechnology Training Program at UMass.

Shelly Peyton and Joe Jerry were featured in a Research Next article for their work on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Scott Eron gives CBI a shout out in a recent interview explaining what drew him to UMass.

Vince Rotello and group were featured in Nature Nanotechnology for their work on the development of a multi-channel sensor method using gold nanoparticles that can accurately profile various anti-cancer drugs and their mechanisms in minutes (December 2014).

S. "Thai" Thaymanavan presented a Distinguished Faculty Lecture on "Smart Therapy: The Search for Better-Targeted Delivery Systems" in December 2014.

M. "Muthu" Muthukumar and group were featured in The Journal of Chemical Physics for their work on "Electrophoretic mobilities of counterions and a polymer in cylindrical pores" (September 2014).

Peter Chien was awarded a five-year grant totaling $1.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to understand how bacteria destroy their own proteins when dealing with stress.

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